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Kick up your feet to Kinchafoonees beat
Kinchafoonee Cowboys will play a benefit concert April 16 for Good News Clinics at the Georgia Mountains Center. - photo by For The Times

Kinchafoonee Cowboys
Benefit for Good News Clinics

6:30 p.m. April 16
Where: Georgia Mountains Center, 301 Main St., Gainesville
How much: $50, includes dinner
More info: 770-297-5040

To help raise money for Gainesville’s Good News Clinics, the Kinchafoonee Cowboys are headed up to Gainesville from South Georgia to get everybody rockin’ to classic rock and country music.

"Normally we play a three-hour show; it’s a pretty upbeat show," said the band’s drummer, Keith Cromartie. "It’s a little bit of country and a little bit of rock and roll. (We) just try to get people on the dance floor and keep them moving and hope everybody has a wonderful time by the end of the night."

Cromartie, who lives in Albany, started off with his band in high school when they were called The Fundamentals and played rock ’n’ roll.

"We went off to college and as you know in the early 1990s country music really hit the big time, so we played a few country songs at the end of our show (to see) what reaction we would get, and it was overwhelming," he said. "People really took to it. So we thought we would shift the music to become a country band.

"Singer Glenn Tennyson quoted it as ‘the joke that went too far.’"

The Kinchafoonee Cowboys will play music from their latest album, "Cowboy Ways, Live at the Georgia Theatre 2005," along with classic favorites.

"A show is about 30 to 40 percent original music. The rest is covers and that is predominantly classic country — Waylan Jennings, Hank (Williams) Jr., Willie Nelson — stuff that everybody’s heard," Cromartie said.

Members of the band include lead singer Glenn Tennyson, Cromartie, Shane Cannon who plays harmonica, bass player Chad McGrath and lead guitarist Chris Scarboro.

The show will be at the Georgia Mountains Center on April 16 and will feature a silent auction, Smokehouse Barbecue and a cash bar.